Chronicles of a Shipwreck in Jamaica

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How a Canadian travel blogger recklessly abandoned her cushy life in Canada and moved to Jamaica, in ways that she would never recommend to anyone. A humorous journal that details the build up to a move that was destined to happen, and accounts of the aftermath of her decision. More

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About Kristi Keller

Kristi Keller was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1972, and had spent the majority of her working years in government corporations. In 2003 she started traveling to Jamaica after she won a trip to the island, and in 2009 she started writing about it.

Contrary to what Kristi would like to believe, she has not conquered Jamaica - rather Jamaica conquered her. It’s turned her into a full-time addict of it’s people, culture, food and adventures. Her allegiance slowly shifted from "Canadian office worker" to "random Jamaica thrill-seeker".

As a result of her blogging she developed a large online following of fellow travel addicts and adventurers, as well as Jamaicans who support what she does.

Kristi has been writing for as long as she can remember and was often put at the front of her class, as far back as first grade, to share her stories. In her adult life, writing took a back seat to her career and single parenting, until travel became her passion and she wanted to share it with everyone.

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Review by: fawn clarke on April 07, 2013 : (no rating)
I can relate to some of your book. Parts of it tear me up. I miss Jamaica!!!! Thank you!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Daniella Atwell on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
Wow is all I can say! What a great read. I am a frequent traveler to Jamaica and I have to admit I was stuck in the rut of AI's and resort living. I've ventured out a little but I'm not nearly as engrossed in the culture as Kristi. After reading this book Kristi has me yearning to learn more about the REAL Jamaica and all it has to offer. She has offered an honest real in depth look at a culture that I so love and want to be apart of. I recommend this book to ANYONE that is thinking of visiting or going for an extendication (extended vacation) as I call it. Keep up the good work Kristi.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jane Bancroft on Sep. 01, 2012 : star star star star star
Amazing!!! I'm a newbie to Jamaica (well the country not the culture) but have experienced home as the foreigner. I can relate to Kristi's experiences on so many levels and the few things I didn't relate to I will happily learn from. After searching for months for anything informative about the real Jamaica I stumbled across Kristi's blog. I was almost ready to give up, convinced I was never going to find the answers I craved and concluded I was crazy. I'm now learning that actually yes I may be crazy but that's ok....thank you! :) Now on to the next read....
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Fuzzy Jewmaican on May 26, 2012 : (no rating)
As someone who has been traveling to Jamaica for a long time, I quickly developed a kinship with Kristi and her adventures on the island. Read her book from beginning to end in one sitting. A great read for any Jamaican enthusiast. Fuzzy
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Devine on Feb. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
This is an honest and interesting read for anyone who is in love with the Jamaica! I related to experiences and the excitement Kristi writes about. I was so happy when I found her blog as i realised wow there are people out there like me. I swear I relate everything to Jamaica. I loved it and i cant wait for part 2!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: rachelle laura on Feb. 14, 2012 : (no rating)
WOWWWW loved it!! So honest, I read from beginning to end in one sitting as I couldn't tear my eyes away. I've also recommended to family and friends. Waiting on part 2. :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: David Weisgerber on Feb. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Excellent, easy read, and gives extremely good insight about life and living in a tropical foreign country. Kristi's enthusiasm for the island cannot be denied and I confess is sometimes contagious. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to newbies (like myself) or people that can relate. Good on Kristi for sharing her passion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dyana Gampel on Jan. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
hmmm... Wrote a review and it didn't post. Sorry if this is now a duplicate. LOVED the book from start to finish! Very honest and real and I couldn't stop reading until it was done. Can't wait for your next book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dyana Gampel on Jan. 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Loved it from start to finish. Great read, very honest and you keep the reader interested. Can't wait for more books from you.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Radiah Fletcher on Jan. 18, 2012 : star star star star
Chronicles is wonderfully honest! I enjoyed the book because it reads like my diary! As a regular in Jamaica for the past 10 years, I relate to Kristi's experiences...it was great to be reminded of why I love Jamaica so much!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jill mcLeod on Jan. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a great book, written straight from the heart. I enjoyed every page!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Thompson on Dec. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
This book couldn't have come at a better time. I was re-introduced to Jamaica My Way, Kristi A. Keller's blog, as I started to prepare for my move to Jamaica. The release of her book came just a week before my actual departure and couldn't have been more apropos. I sincerely appreciate Kristi's candor and honesty of her love/hate relationship with the island as well as her successes and lessons from her move. After reading her book, I feel even more equipped to handle these next few months and make the most of my time in Jamaica while doing it all my way!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandie Ellis on Dec. 18, 2011 : star star star star star
I have been following Kristi Keller’s 'Jamaica My Way' blog for about a year and have been anxiously awaiting her book about her adventures living in Jamaica. I can honestly say she does not disappoint – this is an interesting read for anyone who travels and especially loves the Island of Jamaica. I literally could not put it down. The journey of this amazing female and single mother is powerful, full of emotion and really tugs at your heart strings in both happiness and sadness. Now, I am anxiously waiting her follow-up. Well done Kristi!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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